Martha’s Vineyard is an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts in the United States in North America that is known for being a popular summer colony. Martha’s Vineyard includes the smaller adjacent Chappaquiddick Island, which is usually connected to the Vineyard. The two islands have sometimes been separated by storms and hurricanes. The land area is about 96 square miles.
The Vineyard was home to one of the earliest known deaf communities in the United States; consequently, a sign language, the Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language, emerged on the island among both deaf and hearing islanders. There is a reported year-round population of 16,535 residents. During the the summer, the population can swell to more than 100,000 people.
Martha’s Vineyard is divided into six towns. The towns are: Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah. Each town offers something special.
Many high-profile residents, movie stars, politicians, writers, and artists contribute to the Martha’s Vineyard culture and mystique.